Allergic Foods and Pain Syndromes

Notes From the Pain Relief Project
This is not a transcript but notes I took from listening to summit interviews. The speakers are Doctors, nutritionists and specialists in their field of health that are practicing functional medicine. These are not your normal health and diet tips but the medical reasons you may be experiencing health problems and how to fix it. The doctors talk about what is working clinically in their practice. The doctors also have a lot more information on their web sites and the links can be found below.

Dr. Tom O’Bryan DC

All pain means that there is an inflammatory process and the tissues are on fire at the cellular level and when it gets to a certain level it starts causing pain. You must locate the source, when a person has a migraine you don’t treat the migraine you treat the person with the migraine. What is fueling the fire.

Causes can be heavy metals, chemicals like pesticides or foods. When someone has a sensitivity to a food the immune system reacts and you can check to see if IGG, IGA or IGE  levels are up, this is a skin prick test. Foods are renowned for triggering an inflammatory cascade and effect a weak link, it could be your joints or any one of your organs. These foods are fuel for the fire.

When it effects the brain you may get migraines, ADD, seizures or Autism. Another person sensitive to the same food it may effect their joints causing arthritis type symptoms. Where is the inflammation coming from and where is the weak link in the chain. Most common food effecting this is wheat, it’s not correct to say gluten is bad for you bad gluten is bad for you. There are other foods that contain gluten that will not have the same effect. Gluten is a family of proteins and the bad one’s are found in wheat, rye and barley. Literature is very clear that no human can digest these, we do not have the digestive enzymes to break wheat down completely.

Every time you eat wheat you get a little inflammation and this will cause damage to the lining of the intestines resulting in intestinal permeability or leaky gut effecting your ability to absorb nutrients and allowing food particles into your bloodstream. Published reports state that all patients with osteoarthritis should be checked for celiac disease because of malabsorption of nutrients, specifically the one’s needed to build bone.

Your fastest growing cells are those lining the intestines turning over every five to seven days constantly healing and repairing. If your eating gluten for breakfast lunch and diner this is all tearing and repairing, your healing capacity wears down creating the intestinal permeability and now even larger molecules can get through the lining into the bloodstream where they don’t belong. This triggers your immune system causing you to make antibodies to them creating sensitivities to other foods such as tomatoes, chicken, bananas or beef. These people who do the IGG test for foods and come back allergic to twenty different foods. Of course it’s everything you normally eat because it’s everything that’s getting through the intestinal lining, you must heal the lining.

The immune system sends out antibodies to fight these particles this causes inflammation which causes pain. Depending on the person it could take six to twelve months to repair at this stage of damage.

Causes of joint pain are intestinal permeability, LPS lipopolysaccharides and bacterial exposure. With 86% of rheumatoid arthritis patients LPS is in the fluid around the joint that should not be there and 40% of osteoarthritis patients. Because it’s not supposed to be there your immune system fights it causing inflammation and pain, LPS gets into the bloodstream because of intestinal permeability. Your immune system is trying to protect you and you don’t want to shut it down with anti-inflammatories. When you have antibodies attacking the cells in the joints you get damage to the surface of the cells in the joints, like the collagen. Now the immune system sends out sweepers to get rid of the damaged cells to make room for new cells, all cells regenerate and we get a new body every seven years. It’s normal to have a small amount of antibodies doing this, problems arise when you have elevated antibodies and then you get the inflammation and pain. If this has gone on for a long time your body will continue to make antibodies even without the irritant until you go in to shut it down.

Most people with autoimmune disease can be arrested by healing the gut. Doing natural anti-inflammatories you can heal it, first glutamine the amino acid that is used more than any other by the body. Second is vitamin D it controls the actions of the gates in the intestines to heal the gut. Third is fish oils they are anti-inflammatory and accelerate healing in inflammatory bowel disease. Forth is colostrum, the first food of life from the mother before she starts producing milk it turns on the genes that heal the gut. Colostrum is the only one that plays the whole symphony. Five is curcumin from the spice turmeric an important anti-inflammatory.

Foods – avoid gluten, sugar, dairy and soy, you may be able to do oats (oatmeal) after blood test results. Do this and you should be feeling better in three weeks no matter how bad you feel. NO artificial sweeteners, when you consume saccharin it turns on 105 genes that make your bodies ability to handle insulin worse. It down regulates insulin sensitive genes so your body does not use insulin well and you get sugar problems with type 2 diabetes that is now an epidemic, this is one of the contributors.

If you are sensitive to gluten you cannot have a little gluten because you have developed permanent antibodies against the gluten. Even after you repair the gut gluten must be avoided. There is a two to one mortality rate for those with celiac disease continuing to “cheat” with gluten. Just once a month increased early death rate six fold.

Dr. O’Bryan has educator programs on his site

Dr. O’Bryan web page

Dr. O’Bryan was invited to speak at multiple summits here are a few notes from the autoimmune summit. I am only adding anything that he said differently from the above summit in these next two interviews.

There has been a 400% rise in celiac disease and 350% more illness in the past 50 years. Today our immune systems are on high alert all the time so any shock puts us over the edge.

Whether you feel sick or not gluten is effecting you, it can also be found in vitamins, drugs and cosmetics. Inhaling it causes breathing problems.

There have been many studies on non celiac gluten sensitivity and finally in 2011 they admitted it exists.

With ADD 100% became better by getting off gluten. He recommends the FodMap Diet.

There is a test for a definitive diagnosis called the predictive autoimmunity test from Cyrex Labs.

If you go off gluten and cheat you mess everything up all over again for 6-8 months just from one exposure.

Drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning and see how you feel in 5 days.

Notes of him from the Origins Summit

If you have already made antibodies to the new wheat you can’t go back to the old wheat, antibodies will now attack the old wheat also. Your body will forever do this with the slightest exposure. Gluten is the primary food identified as the environmental trigger that sets off the inflammation that causes intestinal permeability that is the gateway to autoimmune diseases including the brain.

Autoimmune is the #3 cause of death, all autoimmune have the same beginnings but they are all being treated differently. Loss of ability to tolerate is when the immune system kicks in creating antibodies, everyone has a different level of tolerance. Comprehensive detox may help with some intolerances but there is no science for long term, that is currently in progress.

Celiac disease may be the cause of osteoporosis, transglutaminaise is a blood test that is 97-99% accurate for celiac. You want the total villa atrophy the partial is not accurate. Another accurate test is alphaglyden from Cyrex Labs.

Changing to new foods must be in moderation your body can develop loss of ability to tolerate even good foods if eaten too much too soon especially if you have not completely healed intestinal permeability.

Change begins when you realize you need to take ownership of your machine and then how to fuel it.

Just because your favorite foods are out doesn’t mean you can’t swap out a few ingredients and still enjoy your food.

Parkinson’s begins as a bacterial imbalance in the gut.

Genes control functions but bacteria determines what genes get turned on and off. The food you eat controls which bacteria are dominant. Bacteria sends out more messages to our body than our genes do. Adaptogens help us to adapt, correcting the out of balance and good for depression and anxiety.



Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.

M. Scherker medical researcher



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